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post #3541 of 3696
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Military outside the US. Hobbyist with a death wish. I barely trust the average LEO with a gun let alone a good dog.

 

Two such dogs come to mind. The first was a mal I met at Donovan's place during a trial. The guy had just imported it from Israel and was looking for advice. He was wearing bite pants as he heeled the dog around because every time he gave it a collar correction it nailed him in the knee. I suggested he send the dog back.

 

The second was a KNPV mal that scared the shit out of me when I worked it. Big and punishing. A friend was caring for the dog before the owner could pick it up and he tried to feed it one day. The dog took three fingers off.

 

These dogs could be excellent in the right hands. (I'm sure the first guy is dead.)

 

lefty

post #3542 of 3696

This probably sounds like a dumb question to you, but dare I ask.

 

Are Mals close to GSDs in terms of personality traits?  One dog owner, Eager to please, Protective of owner, Total sweethearts?

 

Do they have the many of the same health problems as GSDs?

 

Basically, what I am asking is are they as similar as they look? Or is that a naive mistake to think that just because they look similar they are in fact similar?

 

Edit:  Nevermind, found the answer on the internet.  Sounds like Mals aren't good for pets, only woking dogs.

post #3543 of 3696
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Personality is the wrong word. Temperament is more what you need to look at, but either way I wouldn't get a mal as a pet.  

 

They are probably healthier than GSDs.

 

lefty

post #3544 of 3696
Ah, that kind of dog. I was once taken to the kennel on one of the airbases i have to visit here, 'if you like dogs you'll love ours' . Nothing lovable about those, and the guy admitted that even though he was trained to take care of them, there were times he felt uncomfortable with some.

I have worn a bitesuit once with police dogs when I was invited to a training. Even though I love the critters, it's not for me. Basic training and obedience yes, attack dog no. Although I have to admit that it's very impressive to see a living thing become a tool so sharp that it's too dangerous to handle for anyone but the most experienced hands..
post #3545 of 3696

Traditionally, the Boxer has its tail docked at the first few days of age, but in the early 90s a British Boxer breeder and geneticist thought he would try and introduce a bobtail gene into the Boxer by crossing them with Pembroke Welsh Corgis. For the most part, he succeeded.

CHEEFv

post #3546 of 3696
My dog has started to smell sour, I gave him a bath yesterday and the smell came right back.

I have a feeling it's stress, but is it even possible for him to start smelling due to that?
post #3547 of 3696
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Assuming he doesn't have a skin disease you could be smelling the secretions from his anal glands. Some dogs express in a stress situation. During the next thunderstorm place your nose up to his anus and inhale deeply.

 

lefty

post #3548 of 3696
Never been an issue before, I talked to another dog owner, who's dog smelled the same way.

It's mostly from around his paws and up the legs.
post #3549 of 3696
Thread Starter 

That could be a skin issue. Most dogs' feet smell like popcorn.

 

lefty

post #3550 of 3696
He got some stress/fireworks medication, which made the smell go away.
post #3551 of 3696
My dog (English Cocker Spaniel) managed a major counter-surfing coup today. Being a smaller dog, countersurfing is something that we really have to deal with as he cannot really reach the counters easily.

This morning, I walk into the kitchen to find him nose deep in an empty ziplock bag that had been chewed open and the packaging of the product in the ziplock chewed open. Not quite sure how he managed to get to the bag, which was not on the edge of the counter... The ziplock contained a mostly full package of Berger Cookies that a friend sent up from BMore prior to the recipe change due to gubmint meddling. I figure he ate at least six cookies--- all with extra thick fudgy gooey goodness on top. The vet thought that to be safe, we should induce vomiting.

Trip to three drugstores to find a syringe. We give the dog the peroxide and then run with him for an hour around the yard. Nothing. Another three hours later, he finally starts showing some indication that he was feeling off. Before I can grab him he ralphs all over the rug.... thick chocolate mucusy puke.

Initially stained the rug pretty good. Nothing seemed to be dealing with the stain at all. In a last ditch attempt, I took a glassful of Tito's vodka and soaked the stain-- 15 mins later it was all gone. Luckily all the other pukes have been on the hard wood floor.
post #3552 of 3696
Two heartwarming Christmas Eve dog stories from our block:

I just learned from a neighbor that a six-year-old girl who lives up the street from me was attending a Christmas gathering at the house of friends. While there, the family dog lunged at her and ripped open her face. Fortunately, her eye was spared, but the damage took 36 stitches to repair. I am sure more reconstructive surgery will be in order. The culprit? Not a Rottie, not a Pit, nor any of the other "usual suspects." No, it was none other than America's Family Dog--a Labrador Retriever!

That same evening I was over delivering a present to a beloved neighbor of ours. Her son has been staying with her since she has had some recent health problems. Both have Australian Shepherd bitches. Our neighbor's dog is a sweet, gentle creature. Her son's dog is another matter. It is much taller and rangier than any other Aussie I have seen, and I have to question her breed purity. She is a hysterical, yappy dog, but I had been around her before and never took her very seriously. After my arrival, she was yapping furiously, but as usual, I didn't pay her much heed. However, when I started to shake hands with her master, the crazy bitch sprang up and bit the hell out of my thigh. Had I not been wearing some heavy L.L. Bean corduroys, I think I might have had to require medical attention. I was just furious and probably would have kicked the bitch to death then and there could I have done so with impunity.

I told my friends that I felt the dog was a dangerous psycho and should be put down.They seemed rather hurt although they were otherwise very contrite over the whole affair, as well they should be. I am reasonable about these matters: Had I been playfully sparring or tussling with her master, or had I been teasing the dog, she would have been within her rights to bite me. However, that was not the case here. I have zero tolerance for unwarranted human aggression that results in injury.
post #3553 of 3696
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Two heartwarming Christmas Eve dog stories from our block:

I just learned from a neighbor that a six-year-old girl who lives up the street from me was attending a Christmas gathering at the house of friends. While there, the family dog lunged at her and ripped open her face. Fortunately, her eye was spared, but the damage took 36 stitches to repair. I am sure more reconstructive surgery will be in order. The culprit? Not a Rottie, not a Pit, nor any of the other "usual suspects." No, it was none other than America's Family Dog--a Labrador Retriever!

That same evening I was over delivering a present to a beloved neighbor of ours. Her son has been staying with her since she has had some recent health problems. Both have Australian Shepherd bitches. Our neighbor's dog is a sweet, gentle creature. Her son's dog is another matter. It is much taller and rangier than any other Aussie I have seen, and I have to question her breed purity. She is a hysterical, yappy dog, but I had been around her before and never took her very seriously. After my arrival, she was yapping furiously, but as usual, I didn't pay her much heed. However, when I started to shake hands with her master, the crazy bitch sprang up and bit the hell out of my thigh. Had I not been wearing some heavy L.L. Bean corduroys, I think I might have had to require medical attention. I was just furious and probably would have kicked the bitch to death then and there could I have done so with impunity.

I told my friends that I felt the dog was a dangerous psycho and should be put down.They seemed rather hurt although they were otherwise very contrite over the whole affair, as well they should be. I am reasonable about these matters: Had I been playfully sparring or tussling with her master, or had I been teasing the dog, she would have been within her rights to bite me. However, that was not the case here. I have zero tolerance for unwarranted human aggression that results in injury.

Jesus Jan. Sorry to hear of both accounts. Glad to hear you are ok...hate to hear of the girl.
post #3554 of 3696
Odd notions of dog training: There is an older gentleman who has had a couple of mixed-breed bitches that have been good friends to Cyrus. The other evening I saw him out walking without his new bitch (a rowdy, playful creature). He said she was being punished for digging and chewing by not being taken on her daily walks. I said the dog was not going to comprehend a causal relationship between the mischief she had done the previous evening and being denied her daily walks. In fact, being restless and having energy to burn would probably lead to more such mischief. However, he was adamant in his belief in "psychological conditioning." I think he is being a total fool. Anybody else have any thoughts on the matter?
post #3555 of 3696
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I think that dogs can hold onto the cause/effect relationship for longer than we think. I can post more later but I'm tired and my brain is addled.

 

Was at a working terrier judge's house on the weekend and we started talking about Basenjis and the 1990 infusion of the new blood into the studbook when he pulled out this pic. This was the sent to him by the leader of the US trip. It is the first "wild" Basenji they discovered.

 

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lefty

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